On Wednesday, November 12, folks gathered in the multi-purpose room of Van Cleve Park for SECIA’s Annual meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to vote on changes to the Southeast Como Improvement Association’s bylaws as well as the election of new board members. The following bylaws were passed almost unanimously:
Section 3.1. Number: Election. The Board of Directors shall consist of 7 - 13 sixteen (16) members, the number to be determined from time to time by resolution of the Board of Directors. The Directors shall consist of twelve (12) elected voting members, two (2) appointed voting members (the representatives sent to the Board by MSA and GAPSA), and two (2) non-voting ex-officio members (the SECIA Board staff person and the Past President).
Section 5.3.3. The Secretary shall supervise the keeping of a correct record of proceedings of all meetings of the Association and of the Board by a notetaker, maintain a current membership list of the Association, keep a permanent file of proceedings and pertinent correspondence of the Association and the Board, deliver all records to the newly elected secretary upon election, and perform other duties pertaining to the office
Section 3.5. Action without meeting:
Any action required or permitted to be taken by the Board of Directors may be taken without a meeting of the Board of Directors if all members of the Board individually or collectively consent in writing or email to such action. Such written consent shall be included in the next minutes of the proceedings of the Board.
The SECIA board also proposes the reallocating approximately $32,000 of program income generated from its home improvement loan program and approximately $13,000 in unused funds from an inspection grant program. Funds would be reallocated to:
$13,000 for Como Blueprint implementation and office resources (Phase I Housing strategy H.7 – Housing Info / Resources)
$12,000 for housing research in cooperation with the Mary-Holmes neighborhood (Phase I Housing strategy H.7 – Housing Info / Resources)
$20,000 to support homeownership through the City of Lakes Community Land Trust (Phase II Housing strategy A.3. – First time homebuyer incentives)
SECIA also proposes expanding the language of Phase II Housing strategy A.3. to include home purchases through the Land Trust.
This advance notice is being provided in accordance with the NRP Plan Modification policy.
The newest member of the board is Curt Wall who came in just slightly ahead of his competitor, Lynn Anderson. The other board members were incumbents re-elected including Joan Menken, Alpa Goswami, Lee Hibbard and Tedd Johnson.
Minneapolis Public Schools representative Jenny Arneson spoke about the re-opening of Webster Elementary, which will be happening in Fall 2015. Arneson explained that this will be the new community school for Como residents. Webster will be outfitted with a new cafeteria as well as several other renovations that are being done presently. While this news was exciting to some, a few residents spoke up against opening Webster, insisting that Tuttle school should be utilized first because of its proximity to Como. Arneson reminded residents that Tuttle is already partially in use by two smaller community schools.
Local filmmaker Al Milgrom treated the audience to a clip of his upcoming documentary, Dinkytown Uprising. The film included footage of student protesters in the 1960’s opposing Dinkytown’s decision to allow a fast food chain restaurant to demolish a local business for the location of their franchise. Milgrom stated that this is the only footage of Dinkytown as it was at that time and, frankly, things looked very different. According to interviews and footage, Dinkytown was a countercultural hub in the 60’s, a far cry from the consumer-driven commercial center that it’s become. Dinkytown Uprising is a call to action for those who oppose the demolition of the last remnants of historical significance Dinkytown still holds.
Council member Cam Gordon spoke to residents about the most recent changes he has been trying to implement with the city. For example, his Staple Food Ordinance insists that even small convenience stores be stocked with a certain array of healthy foods. This will help residents and students without reliable transportation get some nutrition even if they can only make it to the corner store. Gordon also discussed his plans for an organics recycling curbside pick-up to happen with garbage pick-up. That way, people can compost their organics without having to make a special drop-off.The meeting included informational tables on TCE, Emerald Ash Borers and the Como Blueprint Committee as well as tea and dumplings.
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